By G J Persley, M. M. Lantin
Following on from prior titles during this sequence, this quantity provides additional fabric generated via the area Bank/ISNAR/Australian govt biotechnology study.It covers the current prestige and destiny customers for the appliance of biotechnology to unravel agricultural and environmental difficulties in a couple of constructing international locations. specific concentration is given directly to advancements that experience taken position over the past decade.
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The applications developed from the new methods in biotechnology place them within the continuum of techniques used throughout human history in industry, agriculture and food processing. Thus, while modern biotechnology provides powerful new tools, these tools are used to generate products that in most cases fill similar roles to those produced with more traditional methods. In agriculture, there is now increasing use of modern molecular genetics for genetic mapping and marker-assisted selection as aids to give more precise and rapid development of new strains of improved crops, livestock, fish and trees.
Illustrative applications of biotechnology to the goal of environmental protection. 1. Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis; IRRI, International Rice Research Institute; CIMMYT, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo; ICRISAT, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; CIFOR, Centre for International Forestry Research (Indonesia); ICRAF, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry; IPGRI, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (Rome). 4. Illustrative applications of biotechnology to the goal of increasing competitiveness.
Persley management of some GM crops would be very different from conventional intensive agriculture or organic farming. In the USA, GM herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) crops are grown under a regime of broad-spectrum herbicides applied during the growing season. Farmers report almost total weed elimination from GMHT crops, which include cotton, soybean, maize, sugar beet and oil-seed rape. Recent research in the UK confirms that weed control in GM beets and other GMHT crops is likely to become much more efficient.
Agricultural Biotechnology by G J Persley, M. M. Lantin